I was off work for two weeks for the birth of our daughter, between the every two hour feedings and diaper changes I tied flies and read issues of Hatches. One of the articles “Parafoam Dry Flies” by Alex Cerveniak, changed the way I tie most my dry flies. I think the parafoam style is an ingenious way of incorporating foam which helps floatability and the para- loop hackle which keeps the hackle on top of the fly which allows the fly to ride better in the surface film. The parafoam style dries make really effective emerger and cripple patterns.
I spend most my time fishing the small Blue Ribbon Trout Streams in Missouri; there are a handful of streams that have wild self-sustaining rainbow trout. These trout streams are fairly heavily pressured, nothing like the trout parks or tailwaters but they see a fair number of anglers. The fish spook especially easy, stealth is a must and I have been very successful fishing film patterns (emergers and cripples). Two of my favorite cripple patterns are Rylee’s BWO Cripple and Rylee’s PMD Cripple.
Hook: Gamakatsu C16-B
Thread: Cream UTC 140
Tail: 3 strands of Moose Mane & Brown olive Antron
Body: Thread & Clear V-Rib
Thorax: PMD superfine dubbing, White foam, and Barred Ginger Hackle
Wings: Loop wing White Antron & Bleached Elk Hair
You’re ready to clean and stack a small clump of bleached elk hair. Tie it in reverse with the butts facing the back of the fly. Once you have them secured lift the hair on the front to start building your head. After the head is built whip finish and glue.